Policy Officer - SCIAF 

Policy Officer - SCIAF 

Location: Glasgow

Salary: £30,118 - £33,350 per annum (pro rata, post is 21 hours per week)

About the Organisation 

SCIAF is the official overseas aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Scotland, established in 1965 to express the commitment and concern of the Scottish Catholic community towards poor and marginalised communities across the world.

SCIAF understands advocacy as integrating policy, lobbying, popular campaigning, media work and programming in order to achieve policy change and positively impact the lives of the communities we serve. Our advocacy work is currently focused on two key themes: Climate Justice and Business and Human Rights. Glasgow will host the UN COP26 from 9th-19th November 2020 on behalf of the UK Government.  In the lead in to COP 26 an important part of this role will be to research and develop policy positions exploring the links between these two themes, as well as contributing to thinking on a range of policy areas which will be under discussion during this lead in. This work will run alongside the work of SCIAF’s existing Policy Officer, who currently has an exclusive focus on Climate Justice.

Much of SCIAF’s advocacy work is undertaken in collaboration with other agencies and alliances in the UK and overseas.  These include CIDSE and Caritas Internationalis (international networks of Catholic aid agencies), and Scottish/UK-based coalitions such as Stop Climate Chaos Scotland. 

About the Role

Key elements of the Policy Officer role include research & analysis, developing compelling recommendations, engaging with and influencing decision-makers and stakeholders, contributing to the overall work of the Advocacy team and supporting the work of others within SCIAF.

Policy Research and Production

  • Research and develop policy positions for SCIAF’s advocacy work, including drafting policy reports and developing workable recommendations for key audiences 
  • Keep sufficiently abreast of developments in business and human rights and climate justice to react to emerging opportunities related to this with the Scottish and UK Parliaments and Governments
  • Contribute to thinking in a range of policy areas under discussion in the lead in to COP26 and contribute to the
  • Provide policy inputs and briefings on key issues as required
  • Analyse political and other opportunities to help focus our advocacy work and monitor external trends to inform policy development at SCIAF

Communications and Public Affairs

  • Effective representation of SCIAF to key stakeholders/decision-makers including liaising with MPs and MSPs with campaign asks related to business, human rights and climate justice leading in to COP26
  • Effective representation of SCIAF within campaign networks/coalitions including Stop Climate Chaos Scotland and Scotland’s International Development Alliance.
  • Lead in the development and implementation of public events as directed by the Advocacy Manager.
  • Work closely with the Senior Campaigns Officer and Communications team to ensure the effective communication of SCIAF campaign asks 

Partnership Relations

  • Work with the Advocacy Manager and colleagues in the IHDD (Integral Human Development Department) to ensure SCIAF plans and implements a cohesive approach to advocacy by ensuring appropriate reflection on the experience of SCIAF’s overseas partners in policy development

Other duties

  • Feed in to SCIAF’s monitoring and evaluation processes
  • Ensure compliance with Data Protection, Catholic Social Teaching and SCIAF’s ethos at all times
  • Undertake any duties required to achieve the overall purpose of the job.

How To Apply 

For the full job description and application form, head to SCIAF's website. 

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